Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
May 23, 1946 at Edinburg, TX
Service in the US Marine Corps from San Antonio, TX
04, 1968 at the age of 21
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
February 04, 1968 at Thua
Operation Hue City, Sergeant Gonzalez' unit was deployed to
relieve pressure on the beleaguered city. While moving by convoy
along Route No. 1 the Marines received a heavy volume of enemy
fire. Sergeant Gonzalez maneuvered his platoon and directed
their fire until the area was cleared of snipers. After crossing
a river south of Hue, the column was again hit and one of the
Marines on top of a tank was wounded and fell to the ground.
Sergeant Gonzalez ran through the fire-swept area, lifted him up
and though receiving fragmentation wounds during the rescue,
carried the wounded Marine to a covered position for treatment.
When the company was halted by an enemy bunker, Sergeant
Gonzalez exposed himself to enemy fire and moved his men to a
dike across from the bunker. He then moved to the fire-swept
road and destroyed the hostile position. Seriously wounded again
three days later, he refused medical treatment and continued to
supervise his. The following day the enemy again pinned down the
company, inflicting heavy casualties. Sergeant Gonzalez,
utilizing a number of light antitank assault weapons, fearlessly
moved from position to position firing numerous rounds at the
heavily fortified enemy emplacements before falling mortally